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2014 Learning Environment Surveys

REMINDER... DEADLINE FOR SURVEYS IS APRIL 11TH, 2014.
PLEASE RETURN YOUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SURVEY !
YOUR OPINIONS COUNT!
IF YOU TAKE YOUR SURVEY ON LINE PLEASE RETURN YOUR CONFIRMATION PAGE TO YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER

The Annual Learning Environment Surveys have been distributed!! The results are important to P.S 56's Progress Report. We have an excellent return rate of surveys every year but this year we would like to set a goal of 95% or higher in each classroom.  Please take a few moments to thoroughly read each question so that the survey accurately reflects your opinion of our school. Please have your child return the survey to their classroom teacher as soon as possible. If you complete your survey on line, please send in the receipt with your child's name and class.  Every class that achieves a return rate of 95% or better will be entered into a raffle for a class pizza party.  If you have any questions or lose your survey you can contact Nancy Falcone your Parent Coordinator @ 718-605-1189 ext. 5.

2014 Testing Dates

  The 2014 testing season begins in March and continues until June.  
  Mrs. DeRose has prepared the following schedule to keep you updated 

  • NYS ELA Grades  3, 4 and 5 - April 1st, 2nd and 3rd  / Make-up dates April 4th - April 8th
  • NYS Math Grades 3, 4 and 5 - April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd  / Make-up dates May 5th - May 7th
  • NYS Science Performance Test Grade 4 - May 21st through May 30th. Our Science   teachers will select a specific date and you will be notified.   Make-ups must be given within the testing window.
  • NYS Science Written Test Grade 4 - June 2nd  / Make-up dates June 3rd - June 4th.
  • ALL GRADE K-5 Post-Assessment MOSAL March through May.  Each grade will select a specific date and you will be notified.

 

BREAD OF LIFFE FOOD DRIVE

THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR GENEROUS FOOD DONATIONS
It's that time of the year again!
Starting Monday, March 31st and ending Friday, April 11th, 2014
P.S.56 will be participating in the "The Bread of Life Food Drive" 
This is an annual food drive organized for the benifit of Staten Island
organizations that serve our needy. Food collected during this very short drive
is distributed throughout Staten Island.

Please remember to give to our annual "Bread of Life - 2014 Food Drive"
Thank you in advance for your generosity and help keeping
P.S. 56 "A Good Place to Learn and Grow"

 

CELL PHONES AND NYS TESTING

With New York State tests fast approaching we would like remind all families that "All students are prohibited from bringing cell phones and certain other electric devices into a classroom or other location where a State test is being administered." Please see attached letter from Mrs. DeRose for more information.
electronic devices during testing-letter.pdf

Managing Test Anxiety

With the ELA and State MathTest fast approaching
the Department of Education has given some suggestions
to help students overcome test anxiety.  
Please see attachment for ideas.

TestAnxietyHandout032510a.pdf

Pre-Kindergarten Applications

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL
PRE-K APPLICATION DEADLINE HAD BEEN EXTENDED TO
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
 

2014-2015 Pre-Kindergarten applications are now available on line. 
If your child will be 4 years old by 12/31/14
visit 
www.NYC.gov\schools\Prek to complete your application.

SPRING CARNIVAL


DUE TO THE PREDICTION OF RAIN, OUR SPRING CARNIVAL
 WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 25TH, 2014
The PS 56 SPRING CARNIVAL will be held on Friday
April 25th, 2014 from 4-8 P.M.
$15.00 Presale bracelets include all inflatables, the Whip and Pirate Ship.
Carnival games, Dunk-a-Teacher, Win a Goldfish and many many more!
Raffle Baskets, 50/50, food trucks and more!!!
Bracelets at the gate will be $20.00 so pre-order before April 24th.
See you all there!!!

UAU / OST Contact Information

Allison Keith Director of UAU / OST
Contact Information:
Allison Keith
Email: akeith@unitedactivities.org
Phone: 718-605-1189 ext 2210
Office Hours : 10am - 5:45pm

Respect for All Week


Respect for All at P.S. 56
We will be celebrating random acts of kindness
throughout our school community
anti_bullying[1].docx

Applying to Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 School Year

If your child was born in 2009, it's time to start thinking about kindergarten for next year!

Applying to Kindergarten Flyers 2014-2015.pdf

Perfect Attendance

As discussed by Mr. Scali at our PTA meetings, attendance matters.  We are working to improve our schools attendance.  As an incentive, any child who has perfect attendance for the month of February will be receiving 4 tickets to the Wagner Seahawks Basketball game.  Watch for your perfect attendance flyer coming home this week!  WAGNER will host Mount St. Mary's 
March 1st @ 1:00  first 25 to call will get a FREE T-SHIRT    ENJOY!!!

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters! 

Missing a day of school here and there or arriving 10 minutes late may seem inconsequential and at times even insignificant, but consider this: a student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss over 30 hours of instruction during the year — a week of school. A student who is absent just twice a month will miss 20 school days — 4 weeks of school! Each lateness or absence means a student has lost an opportunity to learn. Just as we can never regain a moment of time wasted, missing a day of school means missing a day of education that cannot be retrieved. Students may be able to make up an assignment, but they can never recover what is most important — the discussion, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.


Announcements

We need your help!
Please refrain from driving down Kramer Avenue during arrival and dismissal times.
Snow and ice have limited the driving area on Kramer Avenue.
Our school busses 
can not get down Kramer Avenue if you are parked in front of the school.Thank you for your cooperation

Fifth Grade Parents and Guardians

    PLEASE CHECK THERE ARE IMPORTANT UPDATES!!!   
Please remember to check the Fifth Grade Parent Information page for
updates and important deadlines.

Dial-A-Teacher

 DIAL-A-TEACHER  
1-212-777-3380

Free help with homework!
Reading - Math - Writing - Science
Call on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
4:00 - 7:00 pm
A teacher will answer, ready to help.
United Federation of Teachers and Department of Education of the city of New York

U-Turns Prohibited in NYS School Zones

U-TURNS PROHIBITED IN NYS SCHOOL ZONES:
NEW LAW STARTS NOVEMBER 1, 2013
NYS Vehicles & Traffic Law 1161B.
b.No motor vehicle shall make a U turn within a school zone.  For the purposes of this subdivision, the term "school zone" shall mean the distance along a highway passing a school building, entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway for which a school sign (S1-1) has been posted pursuant to this chapter and in compliance with the manual on uniform traffic control devices maintained pursuant to section sixteen hundred eighty of this chapter.

 

School meals applications are on line

ALL SCHOOL MEAL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BACK AT THIS TIME
regardless if your child eats hot lunch, the city requires a lunch form be returned by each family.  Thanks again for your cooperation!


Families can complete the school meals application online.  Regardless whether students will be eating hot lunch, all parents and guardians are required to submit one form for all their children attending any NYC DOE school.  The online application is easy and will be sent electronically to SchoolFood and when processed the eligibility status will be sent to the school database, usually within 24 hours of receipt.  We encourage households to use their computers at home, at libraries or their smart phones to go to
nyc.applyforlunch.com and complete the online form.

If you have any meal eligibility questions, pleae contact the Office of SchoolFood Help Desk at (877) 363-6325 or email
foodcompliance@schools.nyc.gov.

ARIS Parent Link

ARIS Parent Link  LOG IN HERE
 ARIS PARENT LINK is an online tool that will help you get the information you need about your child’s academic progress. In ARIS Parent Link you will be able to view detailed information about your child – including information about attendance and scores on state tests. You will also be able to learn how our  school compares with other NYC schools.

Before you can log in to ARIS Parent Link for the first time, you must have your child’s Student ID # and your Temporary Password #. If you have not logged in, contact Nancy Falcone Parent Coordinator for assistance at nfalcone2@schools.nyc.gov  If you have forgotten your password, contact Password Help (shown under the log in screen on the ARIS Parent Link Homepage).

NY Restoration Project / Million Trees NYC



Our trees are planted! 
Click the links below for pictures and an article appearing in the Staten Island Advance.



Dear PS 56 Community:
We are happy to announce that approximately thirty trees will be planted around our school grounds and inside our schoolyard.  Holes will be pre-drilled and then filled in on Tuesday, September 24th, between the hours of 11:00am-3:00pm.  This is so that on the day of planting, Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 the trees can be more easily planted by the New York Restoration Project and Million TreesNYC.  We have been awaiting the arrival and planting of the trees for the last two years and are very happy that the trees will finally be planted, helping to beautify our neighborhood.
As always, please use caution when driving and walking to PS 56 each and every morning and please obey traffic laws.
Thank you,
Dean Scali
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/staten_island_td_bank_employee.html?&co=f000000009816s-1158206718
million trees4.bmp

5th Grade Parent Information page

We are pleased to announce we have added a 5th Grade Parent Information page to our eChalk tool bar.  By clicking this site, 5th grade parents will be able to access information regarding Middle School Open Houses, Middle School Choice letters, upcoming 5th grade events and more useful information.

MyLunchMoney.com

PS56 is now a POS lunch system school. 
Please visit www.myLunchMoney.com and click on "Enroll Now" or call Customer Service at (800) 479-3531.

PS56 Parent Handbook 2013-2014

PS 56 Parent Handbook 2013-2014
13-14Handbook for Sept.PTA[1].pdf

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 20
Easter
Tuesday, April 22
Earth Day
Wednesday, April 23
School Resumes
Friday, April 25
Arbor Day
Sunday, May 11
Mother's Day